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Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe

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This homemade pork tenderloin seasoning is easy to make and tastes great! This recipe makes enough for a 1 to 1-½-pound pork tenderloin, but you can easily double or triple the blend and save it for later.

It's a great dry rub that will add a little heat and depth of flavor to your tenderloin.

You can also use this all-purpose pork spice blend on pork chops, pork shoulder, roasted vegetables, grilled chicken breast, or baked fish. It's incredibly versatile.

Pork tenderloin dry rub spices on a small green plate.

This pork rub recipe is great for two reasons - you can make it quickly (and probably already have all the spices on hand), and it's unlike most other pork seasoning blends in that it doesn't contain brown sugar.

I recommend making a large batch of it and storing in your spice cabinet for up to 6 months.

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Ingredients

Here are the simple ingredients you'll need to make this dry rub recipe. You'll mix everything together in a bowl and use it immediately or store it in an airtight container until you need it. 

  • Onion powder - Onion powder provides a small amount of sweetness and a distinct mellow savory taste that's just perfect in this seasoning blend. 
  • Garlic powder - Offering a small amount of garlic flavor, this powder is a must in meat seasonings. 
  • Smoked paprika - I love the smokey flavor smoked paprika gives, but you can substitute regular paprika if you don't have smoked on hand. 
  • Chili powder - Chili powder offers a bit of smokiness and a robust flavor that gives this seasoning just a small amount of mild heat. 
  • Dried herbs - Dried thyme and oregano are used to add a bit of herbaceous and fresh flavors to the mix.
  • Salt and pepper - Ground black pepper and kosher salt are mixed into this rub to enhance the flavors of the spices and the meat. 

If you'd like to like your pork on the spicier side, add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to this blend.

See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list. 

Instructions

Here's the best way to make a delicious and easy baked pork tenderloin recipe using this spice rub. Baking is an easy cooking method that results in juicy pork tenderloin. 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and let the pork tenderloin rest at room temperature for 20 to 25 minutes.  

Combine the spices to make the seasoning. 

Pork tenderloin rub spices being mixed on a small plate with a gold spoon.

Pat the tenderloin dry with a paper towel. Pierce the tenderloin with a fork several times on both sides.

Rub the pork with olive oil.

Olive oil being poured on a pork tenderloin.

Sprinkle the spice blend over the tenderloin and rub it in with your hands. 

Pork tenderloin seasoning being sprinkled on a pork loin.

Place pork on a sheet pan with a wire rack or roasting tray. 

A seasoned pork loin on a baking tray.

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Or until the tenderloin reaches an internal temperature of 145 to 160 degrees F on an instant-read meat thermometer.

Remove from the oven and let pork rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing. 

A baked pork tenderloin resting on a black cutting board.

Slice in ½ inch thick pieces and serve.

Sliced pork tenderloin on a cutting board.

Tips for Making this Recipe

Recommended Tools - I highly recommend using an instant read thermometer or meat thermometer to test the temperature of the pork. It should reach at least 145 degrees F. If you'd like it more done, it can be cooked up to 160 degrees F.

Storing Tips - You can save this seasoning blend for up to 6 months if you store it in a cool, dry place. Store in an airtight container like a spice jar, mason jar, or small Tupperware container.

Sliced pork tenderloin on an oval platter.

What to Serve with Pork Tenderloin

Here are a few simple recipes that come together to make delicious sides with pork tenderloin. 

  • Parmesan Green Beans - These green beans are topped with panko and roasted to perfection for a quick and delicious side dish.
  • Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes - With a simple, sneaky trick, these oven roasted potatoes are baked to crispy perfection. 
  • Roasted Radish Salad Recipe - This roasted radish salad recipe includes a delicious yogurt dressing with plenty of fresh herbs. Roasted radishes are an unexpected treat. 
  • Blood Orange Salad - With a a mix of baby greens, creamy avocado, and feta cheese, all mixed with a tasty vinaigrette, this refreshing salad is a wonderful side dish to pork tenderloin.

More Delicious Pork Recipes

If you like pork, be sure to check out these delicious recipes. And if you're looking for quick and easy ways to make pork, check out these Ground Pork Recipes

  • Ground Pork Stir Fry - The combination of aromatics with the stir fry sauce (made with soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and chili oil) is so good and easy to make.
  • Juicy Grilled Pork Chops - Whether you have a charcoal grill or gas grill, this pork chop recipe will come out perfect every time. 
  • Pork Chop Sandwich - This delicious sandwich calls for boneless pork chops, but you can use leftover pork tenderloin for a quick and extra easy recipe.  
  • Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin - This delicious recipe for roasted pork tenderloin makes a great weeknight meal with very little hands on time. 

More Spice Blend Recipes to Try

Try some of these easy recipes for our other favorite seasoning blends.

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Yield: 3 ½ tablespoons

Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe

Pork tenderloin dry rub spices on a small green plate.

This delicious and easy pork tenderloin rub recipe is quick to make and tastes great on pork!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, chili powder, thyme, oregano, and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. To use the rub recipe on a 1 or 1 ½-pound tenderloin - Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 
  3. Remove pork tenderloin from the refrigerator. Take it out of the packaging and let it rest at room temperature for 20 to 25 minutes. 
  4. Pat the tenderloin dry with paper towels. Pierce the tenderloin with a fork several times on both sides.
  5. Rub the pork with olive oil. Sprinkle the spice blend over the tenderloin and rub it in with your hands. 
  6. Place the tenderloin on a sheet pan with a wire rack or roasting tray. 
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tenderloin reaches an internal temp of 145 to 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow the tenderloin to rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing. 

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